A BRAVE autistic teenager has set himself the ultimate challenge ahead of his 16th birthday.
Brandon Cran, of Mastrick in Aberdeen, will carry out 16 challenges before his big day to raise money for 16 charities.
Brandon was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and struggles with social situations.
And the teen has decided to give up his birthday presents in a bid to raise awareness about autism and money for charity.
Before his celebration on January 8 he has a variety of events planned.
These include walking 16km up and down Union Street, taking 16 buses to and from London, hosting a marathon barbecue, collecting 16 stone of pennies and starting a trade.
All the money raised from the events will be split between his chosen charities.
These include his local autism group One Stop Shop which he attends every Monday, National Autism Scotland, Diabetes UK, RSPCA, NSPCC, Book Aid, Dogs for Disabled and the British Heart Foundation.